Camp Grits offers a camping experience not be found anywhere else in the Smokies. Stay in our 18 foot Tipi next to Dunn creek, sleep under vintage quilts and scramble your eggs on a beautiful Norwegian wood stove.
Hello and Welcome! Please read full description so as to know what to expect. The Tipi is situated between the babbling Dunn creek and the winding Rocky Flats Rd. Inside there is a full size bed made up with crisp vintage linens, a cot/couch layered in blankets and a Norwegian wood stove to dry your socks over after a long day hiking in the Smokey mountains. There are tea and coffee makings, and enough cooking utensils to make a feast. Also, to give you the extra special treat of feeling 'Back to the Land' there is no electricity in the Tipi. Lighting is provided via oil lamps and lanterns.
The bathroom amenities are simple yet lovely and just a hop skip across Rocky Flats Road. The outhouse is built of reclaimed poplar, its windows are English leaded glass from the arts and crafts era. "It's so easy to use, just use plenty of those pine shavings when your done". The Bath house is equally lovely with claw foot tub and summer solar shower. In the cooler months you can light a fire under the bath and enjoy a 'hillbilly hot tub". The outhouse and Bath house are shared with guests staying in our vintage camper.
Also worth noting, there is no cell phone access directly at our place if you have to make an emergency call then you are more than welcome to use our land line or our internet. Otherwise, you will have to drive about 4 miles up the road to access you cell phone provider. Just another one of the health benefits while staying at Camp Grits!
Interaction with guests
We will be around for any assistance you may need. Rosie may be found in the garden or chasing our two year old son Kestrel round in the yard. Jim may be found milling about in the yard or making something in his shop. And don't be shy in asking to hang out and share campfire stories as we love to make new friends.
Other things to note
Breakfast for the next morning will be at your campsite when you arrive; tea and coffee fixings, homemade bread, an egg for each person from our happy hens , and a jar of goat's milk (in season) from the goats on English Mountain . Milk and eggs will be stocked up throughout your stay. Breakfast can be cooked on the open campfire, wood stove or propane stove provided.
Firewood will be provided for the wood stove. Camp fire wood can be foraged from our yard, or bought at Donna Joe's Subway just a quarter mile down 321 (take a left at the top of Rocky Flats road).
Please arrive on time, we are a family and plan our days accordingly. Our guests are expected to leave the area as they found it. We do allow pets as long as they are well loved and behaved . Please do not smoke in the Tipi. Please do not slam car doors after dark as it upsets our neighbor's dogs. Also please bring firewood for your camp fire, it can be purchased at any nearby gas station. Thank you.
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I am an British artist who used to make videos and installations about the relationship between English folklore, and the new American Gothic; and now find myself living in the shade of the Tennessee mountains. My work being shown mostly in the elaborate outfits I make for our four year old son Kestrel to dress up in.
Both my husband Jim and I come from art school backgrounds, his paintings adorn our walls in fact the kitchen table is made of one of them resting on sawhorses.
We moved out to this place in early November 2013 ...this has become our collaboration, from fixing the house and the grounds to building structures for our guests to use and painting that big 18 foot Tipi by the creek.
We love food too, we especially love that time when the pantry is looking bare and you have to use your most creative beans to prepare something pretty and edible. It's amazing what you can come up with, as long as there's curry powder left in the spice rack.
Jim is very well read in the classics..I'm very well read in kooky fiction from the 70's (Tom Robbins). We play our music on a record player made for the blind. We don't hike enough, we feed our son too many baked beans. Jim likes direct honesty brimming on tactlessness. I like to make light of things.
We look forward to meeting you too.